Domaine Les Aphillanthes, Daniel Boulle

France, Rhône, Travaillan

 

Mention Revue du Vin de France

 

Biodynamic


Domaine Les Aphillanthes from Travaillan, just northwest of Gigondas, has the special capability of jolting us into appreciation of the Côtes du Rhône region.  Grower and winemaker Daniel Boulle’s terroir driven southern Rhône wines are exemplary models of perfect fruit and minute yields.  The roots of their vines grow as deep as 30 meters, (about 100 feet)!  His approach is to focus on the quality of the fruit in the vineyards together with minimal intervention in the winery.  Fermentation is in concrete vats; the wine is moved about by gravity.  No filtration.  Daniel, the 4th generation at the domaine,  inherited the estate’s 10 hectares in 1987 and has increased it by acquiring exceptional parcels, inclduding one in Rasteau planted in 1921.  Since 2003, the estate has followed biodynamic principles and since 2007, the domaine has been certified as biodynamic (Biodivin) and organic (ECOCERT).  Deemed by Robert Parker as “one of the finest estates in the southern Rhone,  making which may be the richest Côtes du Rhône I have tasted.”  The Boulles do not try to emulate other growers.  Terroir expression and balanced fruit qualities can be felt in all Aphillanthes’ wines. 

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Côtes-du-Rhône Rose 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise 25 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Clémentia Blanc 45% Viognier, 45% Roussanne, 10% Clairette 12 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 45% Syrah, 35% Merlot, 20% Grenache 15 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Carmin" 50% Syrah, 35% Cinsault, 10% Grenache, 5% Carignan 30 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Carignan 40 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Galets Plan de Dieu" 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre 45 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Trois Cepages" 1/3 Grenache, 1/3 Syrah, 1/3 Mourvèdre 40 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Le Cros" Syrah Syrah 40 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Vieilles Vignes 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre 50 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rasteau 90% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 3% old Carignan Average 90 years Cailloux/Galets Roulets over clay-limestone Biodynamic